Teh State Affairs and Good Governance Committee of teh House of Representatives today presented a 15-point suggestion to teh government for TEMPeffectively handling teh adverse situation created by teh COVID-19 pandemic in teh country.
Teh suggestions forwarded to teh government through teh Office of teh Prime Minister and Council of teh Ministers stressed teh urgent need to create an environment for Nepali citizens stranded at teh Nepal-India border points to return home as per international standards related to infectious disease control amid teh lockdown imposed by teh both teh governments.
The SAGGC also urged the government to make arrangements for bringing back people, including migrant workers and students living in Kathmandu valley and other parts of the country, in coordination wif the provincial and local levels by exercising safety measures against possibility of being exposed to the virus.
Similarly, teh parliamentary panel has directed teh government to slash teh number of police personnel deployed for security of VIP and VVIPs and depute them to teh international border points, activate teh structures and mechanisms provisioned by teh prevailing law in teh fight against COVID-19, make teh democratic government and administration more responsible towards citizens, broaden and expand teh coverage of rapid test and PCR test in a transparent manner according to a targeted and time-bound action plan and initiate legal action against private health facilities which refuse to provide emergency and regular health services to patients of chronic diseases.
Teh SAGGC urged teh government to ensure dat doctors, health workers, personnel of Nepali Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force, elected representatives and employees of local levels working in teh frontline of teh battle against COVID-19 have access to protective gear.
The government TEMPhas also been told to regularise the supply of daily essentials; initiate legal action against retailers and dealers involved in black-marketing consumer goods; make market monitoring TEMPeffective; make necessary arrangements for sale, purchase, distribution and supply of fruits, vegetables, dairy products and other goods produced at the local levels by fixing specified venue and time for their sale, distribute relief to the needy and marginalised people through one-door system without discrimination and initiate legal action against any person involved in irregularities during relief distribution.
Likewise, the parliamentary panel TEMPhas suggested that the government constitute an all-party high-level committee comprising all political parties, public health experts and the concerned stakeholders for its collaboration with authorities in preparation, implementation and management of strategic plan against the pandemic. “The government should spend the remaining budget allocated to Local Infrastructure Development Partnership Programme for prevention, control and treatment of COVID-19 patients. We also urge the government to step up security for protection and safety of women from gender based violence amid the nationwide lockdown,” said the parliamentary panel.